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Updated List of Bills The Republicans Have Blocked

Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat ) 2012/04/04 15:38:17

Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have
blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President:

Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill
that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship
jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the
tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries.

Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice.

Subpoena Power for the Committee investigating the BP Oil Spill
– Give subpoena power to the independent committee responsible for
investigating BP’s roll in the oil spill. Republicans attempted to block

The Small Business Jobs Act -would give LOCAL,
community banks access to billions of dollars to loan to small
businesses. Republicans blocked this, then attempted to block it a
second time and failed.

The DREAM Act- Gives immigrant youth who were
brought here as children a path to citizenship by earning a college
degree or serving the military for 2 years. Republicans blocked this.

Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”- Would have
repealed the law that forces gay and lesbian services members to lie
about their sexuality and gives the military the right to discharge
soldiers based on their sexuality. Republicans blocked this.

From Crooks and Liars - When John McCain led the filibuster of the
Defense Appropriations Act yesterday, he blocked far more than the DREAM
Act and repeal of DADT. Here are just a few of the other blocked
provisions, courtesy of Mother Jones.

  • No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
  • Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other
    fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.
  • Protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members
    of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.
  • Improvements to Department of Defense domestic violence programs.
  • Department of Defense recognition of spouses of members of the Armed Forces.
  • Department of Defense recognition of children of members of the Armed Forces.
  • Enhancements to the Troops-to-Teachers Program.
  • Fiscal year 2011 increase in military basic pay.
  • Improving aural protection for members of the Armed Forces.
  • Comprehensive policy on neurocognitive assessment by the military health care system.
  • Authority to make excess nonlethal supplies available for domestic emergency assistance.

And those were just some of the progressive provisions. On the conservative side, there are these, and more:

  • Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of
    individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay,
  • Prohibition on the use of funds to modify or construct facilities in
    the United States to house detainees transferred from United States
    Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Prohibition on use of funds to give Miranda warnings to Al Qaeda terrorists.

And here’s the bills that Republicans had blocked when we compiled our first list;

Senator Franken’s Anti-Rape Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill
– Makes it so that women raped overseas while working for foreign
contractors have the right to have their case heard in an American court
instead of having their case mediated by the company they work for.
Only Republican men voted against this, but it passed.

Benefits for Homeless Veterans- Would have expanded benefits to homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children. Republicans blocked this.

Affordable Health Care For America Act- Prevents
insurance companies from discriminating against you on the basis of
“pre-existing conditions”. Requires that insurance companies spend 85
cents of every dollar that you pay on your actual health care. Limits
health insurance companies profit margins. Republicans blocked this for
months before it finally passed and have vowed to repeal it if they are

Health Care for the 9/11 First Responders who got sick from being at Ground Zero-
Would provide billions of dollars in health care to help the 9/11 First
Responders who were at Ground Zero on 9/11 and are now sick because of
it. Republicans blocked this.

The Jobs Bill- Offsets the payroll tax for 1 year
for companies that hire new employees, or people receiving unemployment
insurance. Also gives other tax incentives to companies hiring new
employees. Republicans attempted to block this.

Wall Street Reform- Puts stricter regulations on the
banks, preventing them from becoming “too big to fail”. Curbs reckless
spending practices that caused the banking crisis. Republicans attempted
to block this.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-
Pumped billions of dollars into state and local Governments to prevent
us from sinking into a second Great Depression. Republicans opposed this
but now want to take credit for the parts of it that we know are

Oil Spill Liability- Raises the liability on what companies can be made to pay to clean up after an oil spill. Republicans blocked this.

Immigration Reform- Republican suggested
comprehensive immigration reform until Obama supported it. Now they’re
rabidly opposed to it and even voted against their own legislation.
Republicans blocked this.

Unemployment extension bill HR-4213-
Would provide additional aid to the millions of Americans still on
unemployment who are just trying to support themselves and their
families. Republicans blocked this bill for 8 weeks before it finally
passed. Republicans blocked this for 8 weeks before it finally passed.

Fair Pay Act of 2009- Also called the Lily Ledbetter
bill. Requires that women receive equal compensation to men for doing
the same work. Republicans attempted to block this.

The next time someone tells you that the Republicans care about the
American people just give them this list of all the bill Republicans
wanted to fail.

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  • kudabux 2012/04/04 15:57:22
    Thanks for the list. They are all vital to this country, but one thing stands out as so hypocritical: The Republicans blocked the Small Business Jobs Act, but continually harp that the small businesses are vital to the country and employment. ??

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  • Thomas T. Panto 2015/05/18 16:22:18
    Thomas T. Panto
    In 1983, my father, a newspaper man since before WWII said, ''Republicans do things TO people and democrats do things FOR people.''. I have seen nothing to make me question his observations.
  • sjalan 2012/04/07 19:56:12
    Good list, too bad it cost America So Many Jobs.
  • Gยเtคг ... sjalan 2012/04/07 21:33:56
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    i agree. too bad they dont understand that
  • wildcat 2012/04/05 00:25:20
    Thanks for this information
  • Gยเtคг ... wildcat 2012/04/05 01:22:59
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    your welcome
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/04/04 18:44:31
    Lady Whitewolf
    Excellent post!
  • Gยเtคг ... Lady Wh... 2012/04/05 01:23:08
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    Thanks lady
  • Max 2012/04/04 17:14:41
    The spending is out of control as it is. If it weren't for the GOP, where would we be? The recent budget proposed by this administration was rejected by the full house, Democrats and Republicans.
  • dave.sa... Max 2012/07/09 19:20:43
    Yes, the republicans spend way to much creating large intrusive programs. BJr is the only government leader in all of world history to cut taxes while going to war, and paid for not 1 but 2 wars entirely with loans. The GOP cut revenue by not taxing the richest, they give hundreds of millions of tax dollars to corporations that pay no taxes and make billions in profits. They then say there is not enough money in the budget and lay off police and fire. the GOP has destroyed the economy, capitalism, and the middle class.
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2012/04/04 17:12:12
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    Okay, now give us a list of all the legislative riders on these bills.
  • Reichstolz 2012/04/04 15:57:26
  • kudabux 2012/04/04 15:57:22
    Thanks for the list. They are all vital to this country, but one thing stands out as so hypocritical: The Republicans blocked the Small Business Jobs Act, but continually harp that the small businesses are vital to the country and employment. ??
  • Gยเtคг ... kudabux 2012/04/04 16:24:49
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    they vote against what they believe, Just look at the last 3 presidents they have elected
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/04/04 15:57:10
    The Marxist Twist to all the Bills deserved to have them eliminated. Obama has finally been caught up with. This "mad dog" is going to be stopped. It aint what the Republicans immagined.
  • Dale 2012/04/04 15:45:26
    For the most part, to put it in the words of Martha Stewart, "This is a good thing."
  • Mike 2012/04/04 15:40:56
    The problem the author is not telling the entire story on each and every bill - in addition many of those bills need to be blocked
  • ehrhornp Mike 2012/04/04 16:40:07
    I bet you were one of those who preached our troops must be supported when marching off to war but were too cheap to send them off with proper equipment and then deny medical care when they come back damaged. Your type of supporting the troops is so typical republican.
  • Mike ehrhornp 2012/04/04 23:01:45
    Buffoon - whats that got to do with the post - because they didn't have enough bullet proof vests ? You are one clueless individual, no wonder nit wits get elected
  • ehrhornp Mike 2012/04/05 02:02:59
    That is what I love about phony conservatives. You can't argue but you can call people names. Love the debth of your argument. lol
  • Mike ehrhornp 2012/04/05 02:14:10
    Not hardly you don't know what you're trying to discuss. You throw statements out without anything to back it up - that's a typical of a Marxist socialist
  • ehrhornp Mike 2012/04/05 02:34:12
    Ah another intelligent response. Do you even know what Marxism is? Do you realize that you republicans are doing your best to prove marxism correct? Probably not as you have absolutely no understanding of what is really going on in the world. Better stick to watching wrestling. Thinking about important issues will just fry your brains, assuming you have any left.
  • Mike ehrhornp 2012/04/05 02:39:50
    Oh yeah baby - the pot calling the kettle black laugh
  • ehrhornp Mike 2012/04/05 02:44:26
    well I guess I was correct. You do not know what marxism is. Just another example of how far some people have been dumbed down.
  • Mike ehrhornp 2012/04/05 02:47:04
    If I answered we would both be wrong
  • keymanjim 2012/04/04 15:40:39
    First thing you have to take in consideration when reading democrat bill is they almost always mean the exact opposite of what is written.
  • Mike keymanjim 2012/04/04 15:41:21
  • BHS1983 keymanjim 2012/04/04 15:45:44
    I would ask the pollster to provide an update on the latest Obama passed budget but there isn't one.
  • Gยเtคг ... BHS1983 2012/04/04 16:26:22
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    waiting to get the party of the rich, out of office before they can actually get anything done
  • BHS1983 Gยเtคг ... 2012/04/04 16:28:52
    Don't you mean so they can continue to take more from those they think have too much and hand it over to those they think have too little?
  • Gยเtคг ... BHS1983 2012/04/04 16:42:38
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    No it means they need to pay their fair share. Trickle down was a lie, the only jobs it creates are low paying overseas jobs
    trickle down economics trickle down economics
  • BHS1983 Gยเtคг ... 2012/04/04 17:17:59
    What is their fair share? Apparently you think a family of five making almost $60,000/year paying no income taxes is fair. I don't.
  • Gยเtคг ... BHS1983 2012/04/04 17:24:36
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    Sorry, but i am in a family of five and we make just over $100,000 a year and we average 30% on our income taxes. BTW why do you want to punish those that make less. $60,000 a year for a family of 5 is poverty, if anyone needs tax breaks, it is them, Not those that make over $250,000 a year
  • brian C... BHS1983 2012/10/03 19:50:55
    brian Cumings
    oh you mean like fair taxation? yeah, i do think that's a good idea. who would have thunk it?
  • Lady Wh... Gยเtคг ... 2012/04/04 18:43:08
    Lady Whitewolf
    that's closer to the truth than you think!
  • Gยเtคг ... Lady Wh... 2012/04/05 01:24:17
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    i wouldn't have posted it otherwise :)
  • brian C... Gยเtคг ... 2012/10/03 19:49:33
  • Gยเtคг ... keymanjim 2012/04/04 16:27:52
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    Really, i feel the same way about anything that republicans try and pass. Just look at your last 3 presidents!
  • ehrhornp Gยเtคг ... 2012/04/04 16:41:54
    If any party has taken from the people it is the republican party. And what do they want to do with it? Give it to the very rich. Socialism for the rich. So typical of republicans. Just disgusting.
  • BHS1983 ehrhornp 2012/04/04 17:19:08
    What's disgusting is that almost half of the working people in this country pay 0% income taxes. Talk about having it given to them.
  • ehrhornp BHS1983 2012/04/04 17:50:18
    Perhaps that is because they have so little income? You would rather tax some poor slob who makes only say 10000 a year 25% than tax a rich man? So very typical of phony conservatives. Shame you republicans tossed your best president under the bus. He would definitely be a democrat today. (Eisenhower)

    The poor pay sales tax and they get hit very hard by it as 100% of their expenditures are generally hit by it while the rich generally pay an insignificant percentage of their income to the sales tax.

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